Don’t let kids play with vintage jewelry. 1973 Avon Fragrance Glacé Pin: 1,296 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Don't let kids play with vintage jewelry. 1973 Avon Fragrance Glacé Pin: 1,296 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen unsafe at 75 ppm).Modern consumer goods are considered unsafe an illegal in the country of Denmark if they have Cadmium levels at 75 ppm and higher. In Washington State the hazard level for total Cadmium content is 40 ppm or higher. There is no United States federal hazard level for total Cadmium content as detectable with an XRF instrument.

Vintage items (especially vintage plastic items and vintage jewelry – and costume jewelry in general) often contain very high levels of Lead and Cadmium (and sometimes Arsenic and Mercury too) and should never be given to children to play with.

I am almost 50 years old, and I clearly remember playing with these plastic perfume pins as a child [I was born in 1969 and this particular pin is from 1973.] Many friends my age are now grandmothers(!) — grandmothers who have held on to things from their childhood to pass along to their children for their grandchildren to play with. Please think twice before doing this; most vintage items are decidedly not safe for children to play with.

But I played with these and I’m fine! (Click to read my response to that common refrain.)

When tested with an XRF instrument (the same instrument used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] to determine if items are safe for use by children), this 1973 vintage Avon “Fragrance Glacé” perfume pin had the following readings (with a  60-second test):

Focus on unpainted orange plastic back of cat (a section with no decorative painted design):

  • Cadmium (Cd): 1,296 +/- 22 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 1,823 +/- 22 ppm
  • Selenium (Se): 337 +/- 8 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 14 +/- 6 ppm
  • If a metal is not listed it was not detected by the XRF (unless otherwise noted, all testing done on this site is in “Consumer Goods” mode)

The painted / decorate surface and metal pin were also tested and were not positive for Arsenic, Mercury or Lead.

To see guidelines to help you choose safer jewelry for your children, grandchildren, and any other young humans in your life, check out this post, LINK.

As always, thank you for reading and for sharing my posts. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama
Don't let kids play with vintage jewelry. 1973 Avon Fragrance Glacé Pin: 1,296 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen unsafe at 75 ppm). Don't let kids play with vintage jewelry. 1973 Avon Fragrance Glacé Pin: 1,296 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen unsafe at 75 ppm). Don't let kids play with vintage jewelry. 1973 Avon Fragrance Glacé Pin: 1,296 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen unsafe at 75 ppm). Don't let kids play with vintage jewelry. 1973 Avon Fragrance Glacé Pin: 1,296 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen unsafe at 75 ppm).

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